Ivar's Salmon House

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Ivar's Salmon House is a beautiful cedar replica of a Northwest Native American Longhouse, complete with an open-pit Native American-style barbecue for preparing succulent alder-smoked entrees. Here, in a setting filled with Northwest native artifacts and historical photographs, you'll enjoy memorable meals surrounded by spectacular views of boats cruising on Lake Union with the city skyline in the background. Favorite daily entrees and fresh-sheet selections include alder-smoked salmon, prawns, alder-smoked chicken, and seasonal seafood specials.
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Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends, family and I absolutely love the Ivar's Salmon House! The food is always good, prepared well and tasty. We love to bring out of the country and out of state guests to the Salmon House as it really gives them a sense of the Northwest. The ambience is warm, inviting, comfortable and welcoming! I always love chatting with the Chef while he prepares the salmon. The view on Lake Union is spectacular and it's a great place to eat, connect, celebrate any occasion and just enjoy a fabulous meal.

M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late to our reservation because of traffic. The greeters were very nice about it and we still got a window table as requested. We will be back.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I went for the Veteran’s Day special, and were promptly seated. Our friendly server greeted us and asked what we’d like to drink as he sat down waters. We quickly ordered, as we already knew what we’d have before arriving. Our entrees arrived about 10 minutes after ordering (coho salmon with sautéed spinach and mashed potatoes, and a blackened salmon Cesar salad), and everything was perfectly cooked. After periodically checking in, we had him take out plates, and I ordered a coffee, so I could tip on top of a free meal. He brought cream and sugar without being asked, we asked for the check and paid quickly. He then brought a box for the leftovers.
This is our second time here this year, and second consecutive vet’s day at the restaurant. We will definitely be coming back for a business casual dinner!

J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Korean War veteran and I (an Armed Forces retiree) went to Ivar's Salmon House for a Veteran's Day lunch. I had booked us a table for two and we were seated promptly at a splendid window table. Service was prompt and commendable. Our lunch orders were quickly prepared and we both commented on the taste and quality of our respective entrees. We'll be coming back.

JM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was impressed by how quickly the wait person came by and delivered the menu and took our drink orders. The food came quickly. While we did not have a window seat we had a wonderful view of Lake Union.

l
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite seafood restaurant in the Seattle metropolitan area! I love this place!

ML
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ivars is consistent. Not cutting edge , but you can expect a certain quality and freshness and they never disappoint. The location and view of the Lake and skyline are a great value . Portions are very generous and appetizers can be shared and this is refreshing

SM
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant right on the water of Lake Union. Had a table right at the window so the view of the city and the Montlake Cut was amazing. Especially during sunset. We luckily had a reservation as the wait time was over an hour. We were seated in a reasonable amount of time. So many choices for dinner! After a delicious cup of Ivar's famous clam chowder, our table had the Taste of the Northwest ( salmon, halibut and scallops), Wild Alaska Halibut, and Seafood Linguini (spinach linguini with salmon, muscles, clams, scallops, shrimp, and white fish). All dishes were tasty and plentiful. Food came out in good time even though the place was extremely busy. Our server was great! Checking in at appropriate intervals, refilling water, etc. Prices were $$$. Our meals were all $31-$40. This is a great place to bring out of towners, or to come for a special occasion. There is plenty of parking and morage if you come by boat.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful views! The Taste of the Northwest plate was delicious! Scallops were amazing.

DW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was very good. I highly recommend I’vars Salmon House and plan to go again with friends soon.

Don

IM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a guest from DC and he loved the place and the food. We knew that we would have a great time and that's why we brought him to your place.
Thank you!

DI
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my co-worker, who was from France, there to share with him the PNW. It was a hit! Everything was perfect. Thank you Ivar's for making us look good. Christopher

BL
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch on a sunny Fall day with lots of activity out on the water. Water was friendly and helpful, the food was good, hot, and quite quick.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Our guests enjoyed their salmon sampler, cedar planked salmon and Himalayan halibut; but your spinach fettuccine let me down.

Lacking flavor and the fettuccine was tasteless. It needed some additional spices... not hot spices but more savory.

My wife’s coconut shrimp were no different than anyone else can prepare.

This is an Ivar’s icon restaurant that needs a menu boost.

MT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivar's is the perfect place for family gatherings! We sometimes have trouble getting reservations for 9 people. Not with Ivar's! We are always able to make a reservation and receive amazing service. And the food is always fantastic. Great views, no matter where you sit in the dining room, and I love going out onto the patio area and taking pictures. Ivar's Salmon House is centrally located, with great parking, and very easy to get to. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!

OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

FP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My husband and I both ordered the ceasar salad, the lettuce was very wet which made the salad very bland, you couldn't taste the dressing or the anchovy which is why we ordered it.

DD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Our waitress spent every interaction trying to up sell us. She tried to sell us the same dessert so many times, I nearly offered to buy one for her because she just kept talking about it. As she was bringing us our credit card bills and we had paid, she mentioned again that, “It’s not too late to get ... (whatever the dessert was). Really tacky service.

CR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! Beautiful views. Salmon and halibut fish and chips amazing! Love the native Pacific Northwest decor.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waiter left out one of our starters. Food was ok but not great. View of the bay was exceptional.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitstaff, gorgeous view! Calamari was fabulous!

JO
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

You gotta experience this legendary place that’s now better than ever. Authentic native art in a lodge style house. I will go back again and again.

R
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with friends, and everyone loved it. The Salmon House is wonderful for a laid-back, not-too-fussy, casual-but-nice celebratory dinner. Our server was Brett - he's been our guy on previous visits and we rely on his cheerful attitude and great fund of knowledge for menu questions (one of our group has food allergies) and wine list recommendations. Brett really knows his stuff! The menu itself is top notch. Love the Northwest platter and the crab stack. Yum! Excuse me, but think I'l end here, hop in the car, and take myself over to Ivar's for dinner. It's so good.

J
Seattle
388 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed returning after many years. Glad to see things running so well. We were happy to have hit on half priced wine night. We both ordered salmon dishes and pleased with the results. The green beans that came with mine were delicious as was the spinach I asked to substitute for the Brussel sprouts. My guest enjoyed the polenta under her salmon. Nice service.

JW
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

There were some hiccups with the service, but they made up for it with free dessert. The food was spectacular as always.

JT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, great view. Poor drinks, poor service.

M
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There were four of us for dinner. The service was terrific. I thought my salmon was a bit tough which was surprising. The other three people in my party all enjoyed their meals.

LC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we have out of town guests we always include The Salmon House as one of our stops.
Ivar’s Salmon House is always a birthday stop for both of us!
We not only enjoy the great view of the Salmon House but often enjoy stopping at Ivars on Aurora when we are out shopping.

RS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Very large restaurant with parking.
Would not hesitate to come back

PE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Ivar’s Salmon House 2 nights in a row. That’s how good it is! The shrimp and crab Louie is exceptional, as is the Salmon Sampler.

EB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I love the location and setting of this restaurant but the food is always disappointing. The tuna was dry, the bok choy was oily, the rice was a solid lump and there was not enough sauce on my dish. The portion size was dismal for the price.

KK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service. Amazing food. A little pricey. I would definitely recommend for anyone wanting a NW seafood experience.

JE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table for 10 to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary for my aunt and uncle. The staff were very helpful, gave us the best table they could for a table that size, and were attentive during the meal. The grilled salmon was amazing. It was a nice place to celebrate.

M
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

How many places are this full on a Tuesday? There's a lot to keep folks coming back, my King crab legs were AMAZING!!!!! I think that our waitperson should have had more help because she was running at full steam to keep up with all her tables. I'm suggesting that you promote the busboys to take care of filling water glasses and removing some dishes from the tables so the wait folks don't have so many jobs to do, otherwise my family had a great time and we're looking forward to when we return

e
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! The Salmon trio sampler was delicious👍😁

HN
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall, we had very nice dinner experience. The view from our dinning table was quite spectacular

L
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. One diner's salmon portion was on the skimpy side but otherwise all was very delicious.

TJ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We took east coast friends to dinner the other night. While the view is stunning, our meals were nothing special and were not very warm.

We thought the food was overpriced and not very interesting.

Our waiter was friendly but not knowledgeable about the menu.

We won’t be returning.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy entertaining our family and friends at Ivar's Salmon House.
We especially enjoy our outstanding waiter named Markus who always aims to go above and beyond. Need to add more seafood choices to appetizer menu.

r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town to find an apartment for our son. We wanted fresh, simply prepared fish. We highly recommend Ivar’s Salmon House. We all loved it. We had the Taste of the Northwest and the Salmon Sampler. Both were incredible.

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